The the benefits, the teaching techniques and the intensity are all different in our Aerial classes. Which class to choose depends what you want from your training. We’s asked our teachers to explain the differences below to help you find your new favourite class.
What is AntiGravity Yoga?
London Dance Academy was the first school in the UK that had the license to teach AntiGravity® Yoga.
AntiGravity® Yoga is a fusion technique taking inspiration from dance, pilates and calisthenics. AntiGravity® Yoga releases muscular tension through self-massage techniques. It is great for back issues and joints due to decompressing through inversions. AntiGravity® Yoga can also help to increase strength and flexibility. It refreshes the lymphatic, digestive & circulatory systems through a flow sequence.
AntiGravity® Yoga was developed by Christopher Harrison, who has a long career as a Broadway performer, choreographer and gymnast. Did you know that he is the first dancer you will see in the film Footloose? The AntiGravity® hammocks have been used countless times in performances from President Obama’s Inauguration to Pink’s Grammy performance.
What is Aerial Yoga?
Aerial Yoga is a slow restorative yoga practice that uses a low-hanging hammock to support the weight of your body. This allows you to achieve proper postural alignment through relaxation rather than effort. It is slower than AntiGravity® Yoga, and some of the techniques and the equipment is different.
Aerial Yoga is suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to intermediate and advanced level students.
You will gain increased flexibility, improved posture and a relaxed and peaceful state of mind.
What is Aerial Silks?
We have two levels of classes for Aerial Silks, complete beginners and improvers. The silks are different to the hammocks that are used in Aerial Yoga and AntiGravity® Yoga, and this class is focused on the performance aspect of Aerial Dance. Flowing and linking smoothly between moves is the aim for all aerial arts. Aerial Silks needs a lot of strength in both upper body and core, so classes are focused on conditioning to eventually make the transitions look easy. Once you learn the basics of this form and gain strength, you will find other techniques such as aerial straps and hoop easier.
What is Aerial Deep Stretch?
Aerial Deep Stretch is a gentle routine to gradually open up the body and safely progress into more advanced stretches. Focusing on flexibility, the classes use hammocks to work against the force of gravity to effectively decompress the joints and deeply stretch the muscle fibres. Deep breathing facilitates the release of tension and toxins built up with training and stress, which prevent our body from expressing its natural flexibility. You will find yourself in positions you never thought possible!
You will also learn new breathing and stretching techniques and how to work while suspended in a hammock.
Suitable for complete beginners as well as anyone used to AntiGravity® or Aerial Yoga or deep stretching. You will learn to challenge yourself to improve your flexibility without pressure.